Although Elderflower Fields is taking place after we are scheduled to have moved to step 4, the guidance on what exactly will be required for events at that stage is still unclear. For this reason, we are planning to adopt measures closer to step 3 guidelines. We are liaising with the local authority, East Sussex Public Health and industry associations, to plan for a safe event. We’ll update again with any changes or further instructions.
Most importantly, following discussions with local public health, we will require everybody coming to Elderflower Fields, including our audience, artists, vendors, volunteers and crew, to take a Covid-19 rapid lateral flow test within 48 hours before arrival. Every member of your family / group over 11 years of age should take a test regardless of vaccination status.
However, unless we are otherwise instructed to do so by the central government or local Public Health, we will not request to see proof of a negative test as a condition of entry. It is really important that you take a test and report the results online or via the NHS app. Even if you are fully vaccinated, it is possible to contract the virus and you may also be symptomless.
Please help support the event and reduce the risk for everyone by taking a test before you come to site.
You can order free packs of rapid lateral flow tests to be sent to your home from the Gov.uk website here or pick up a free box from one of thousands of pharmacies – you can find a pharmacy here. And report your result to the NHS online here. When you report the results to the NHS you can get a confirmation of your result sent to you by text or email.
SYMPTOMS & ISOLATION
If your test returns a positive result, please do not come to the festival. You should self-isolate in line with NHS guidelines and take a PCR test. The quickest way to do this is to visit an NHS test centre. For more information, see the government website here: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
If a subsequent PCR test returns negative and you have no Covid symptoms, you may then come to the festival.
If at any point during the ten days prior to the festival, you or a member of your group has tested positive for Covid-19, displayed any recognised symptoms of Covid-19, or been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19, then you or that group member should not attend the festival. Please see our FAQs with regards to refunds in this situation.
WHAT HAPPENS ON SITE?
The festival site is very large for the number of people attending, so there is plenty of room to spread out. Where possible it is still advisable to socially distance and when queuing for food or if sitting inside tented venues, we would still encourage you to wear face masks.
We are also implementing the following Covid-19 safety measures on site including:
- Reduced audience capacity by approximately 15% to allow more space in the car park and campsites.
- Increased toilet numbers and increased cleaning schedule
- Hand sanitiser at all entrances and venues
- Removing sides from tented activity & performance areas to increase ventilation
- Covid-19 risk assessments in place for all contractors, activity providers and vendors attending the festival
- Procedures in place in case someone develops Covid-19 symptoms on site
- Requesting negative test within 48 hours prior to event for everyone at the event